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October: What you need to know. Enter #SheSpeaksOctAwareness Giveaway!

October: What you need to know. Enter #SheSpeaksOctAwareness Giveaway!

There are certain month-long events that get a lot of people talking. February is both National Heart Month and Black History Month. March is Women's History Month. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Turns out, Breast Cancer Awareness is not the only topic we should be mindful of in October. Take a minute to find out about other issues - and why they really matter. Then enter to win a $50 Visa gift card, plus a $50 donation in your name to your choice of the charities mentioned on this page!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

A woman born today has about a 1 in 8 chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer at some time during her life, according to the Dr. Susan Love Foundation. But 40% of those cases can be prevented by lifestyle measures such as maintaining a healthy weight, breastfeeding, eating well, exercising, and limiting alcohol consumption. Plus, early detection increases survival rates, so it's important to consult with your doctor about your family history, changes in your breasts and getting mammograms, as needed.

ADHD, Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia Awareness Month

1 in 5 kids struggle with ADHD, learning disabilities and/or dyslexia, according to Understood.org. And because not everyone understands these challenges, they sometimes get ignored or are misinterpreted as a child misbehaving or being lazy. We highly recommend checking out the Through Your Child's Eyes simulation where you can learn firsthand what kids with these issues experience every day. It's also important to note that many adults also struggle with ADHD, Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia, and if they never got help, it's much more difficult to handle later in life.

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

10 million people per year (20 per second) are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV). That equates to 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men who have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. Domestic violence affects individuals in every community regardless of age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality. For more information on understanding this epidemic, as well as things you can do to help, visit the NCADV website.

National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

Tens of thousands of families experience a miscarriage, stillbirth or death of an infant. According to the Star Legacy Foundation, "Promoting awareness of pregnancy and infant loss not only increases the likelihood that grieving families will receive understanding and support, but also results in improved education and prevention efforts which may ultimately reduce the incidence of these tragedies."

Down Syndrome Awareness Month:

Approximately 6,000 babies with Down Syndrome are born in the United States each year, according to the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS). Most people with Down Syndrome have a mild to moderate cognitive disability or intellectual disability but there are many misconceptions that should be corrected. Check out this page on the NDSS website to find out more. 

What matters to you this October? Tell us to win a $50 Visa gift card to keep, plus a $50 donation in your name to your choice of the charities mentioned on this page!

#SheSpeaksOctAwareness Giveaway

*One lucky contestant will be chosen at random to receive a $50 Visa gift card. Plus, the winner can pick one of the charities on this page to which we will donate $50. Giveaway is open through 10/20/19 to U.S. residents at least 18 years of age. Entrants must be a member of SheSpeaks. If you are not a member, click here to join. Winner will be notified by email.

Update: Thanks to all who entered! Congrats to our winner, SheSpeaks member jerylt. A donation will be made to the Dr. Susan Love Foundation.

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  • andreah1 By andreah1
    10.02.19  

    If I were to win I would want the donation to go towards breast cancer awareness, my cousin recently finished treatments and is a-ok! YAY!

  • rge-rge By rge-rge
    10.02.19  

    hunger and poverty!

  • Mommaspeaks2016 By Mommaspeaks2016
    10.02.19  

    What matters to me this October is Breast Cancer Awareness. Having both my grandmother and two of my aunts diagnosed and going through the nasty faze of chemo, it's really dear to me. They all survived breast cancer but it's because they had early intervention and received excellent healthcare throughout treatment. For that I try to spread the word about being pro-active and offer both support and resources to people who need clinics that do low cost exams.

  • Suhair5 By Suhair5
    10.02.19  

    What matters to me this October and all year long to spread awareness about violence and what violence is and awareness about diseases and how to protect yourself

  • valliam123 By valliam123
    10.02.19  

    I would want it to go towards abused and neglected animals

  • Dreamyst1 By Dreamyst1
    10.02.19  

    Breast Cancer Awareness

  • linzer_08 By linzer_08
    10.02.19  

    I want people to be aware of hemochromatosis.

  • pmencin By pmencin
    10.02.19  

    I lost my older sister to breast cancer in 2009, so a breast cancer charity really speaks to me.

  • tamivoll By tamivoll
    10.02.19  

    October is a time for much cooler weather!! It is also breast cancer awareness month and is a time to remember to get yourself checked!

  • groach By groach
    10.02.19  

    I would like it to go to Understood.org. I have a child with learning disabilities and just getting the right school help is really a challenge for families like us.

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